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I am unique ... just like everyone else
10:30 AM on 12/06/2012
As a Canadian who has travelled around the world to thirty-seven countries, albeit I am 9.2 in dog, the most important part of being 'me" is two things ...

be polite, knowledgable and respectful of the country in which you are visiting
wear our flag pin ... at all times ... really.

I lived in Chicago for twelve years, my favourite city in North America, and was screamingly embarrassed to see many, not all, Americans be so ignorant ("Why don't they speak English here." "Gee, maybe because it's CAMBODIA!!") and the arrogant ("USA ... we are the greatest country in the world!" "Actually there are over two hundred countries in the world and you didn't invent the wheel, wine, architecture nor paper.")

Oh, and SMILE!!!
An Eloquent Peasant
11:33 AM on 12/06/2012
I'm a gypsy like you - I tend to travel to a place and then LIVE there for a couple of years - and I agree with you entirely.

When I lived in Thailand, I was in a restaurant and there was a rather large American man giving hell to the young thai girl trying to take his order - I actually heard him say (super loudly) - 'I want to see the manager, I want to know why YOU people can't speak American'

As one of the few white people in the restaurant, I just wanted to crawl under the table...I'm Canadian, but still, this sets a hugely bad example of any North American.

09:53 AM on 12/06/2012
Most interesting is more people think it is important to vote, than to be informed about current events or speak out on issues that are important to them. I guess the more things change, the more they stay the same.
09:43 AM on 12/06/2012
How the hell does paying taxes make you a good citizen when the recipients of those taxes are using them to fund militant operations in the middle east in pursuit of resource control??? Paying taxes is important if the government is doing its job, but what if the government is selling your country to China and oppressing its own citizens??? Come on use your heads here, funding these problems makes no sense....
09:52 AM on 12/06/2012
So your excuse for cheating on your taxes is that a very small percentage of the tax money goes to issues you disagree with?
10:22 AM on 12/06/2012
I'm not going to bother arguing over how taxes are divided, check the numbers for yourself. Yes, I do not agree with us invading and bombing other countries, while killing innocents, in order to control their resources. These are the activities our military is engaged in, not peacekeeping, not terrorist hunting, resource control. I have this thing, its called morals, and it tells me that funding innocent deaths is wrong.
Occupy the discussion.
09:52 AM on 12/06/2012
Because those same taxes fund a number of things you do support, and provide basic services that you use without thinking about them.
09:36 AM on 12/06/2012
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09:12 AM on 12/06/2012
As a gen Y'er, these gen Y centric pieces are becoming a headache. No matter where you look, there's another "study" on us. It's become a pandemic. Every consulting firm, every consultant, is now doing another "study" on millennials that's obviously going to change the course of humanity and how we function.

Stop it. Hey! Stop it.

Stop it.
An Eloquent Peasant
09:20 AM on 12/06/2012
Tennisaurus - you might as well just accept it- every generation gets examined in similar ways when they start coming of age. I'm Gen X - and we were annoyed by prior generations examining us and making assumptions about how we's all part of the human experience and examining what is upcoming in the cultural landscape.

But yeah, it can be irritating :P)
Imma Okay
08:52 AM on 12/06/2012
Stupidity is not to be tolerated.
08:19 AM on 12/06/2012
Wow..really getting tired of all these militiamen stories.
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08:08 AM on 12/06/2012
To be mindful, tolerant & respectful of others & of their belief's/opinions.

Paying taxes, voting, being active in political parties, participating in social or community events & causes have nothing to do with being a good citizen.

They are simply foolish moral imperatives we create for ourselves, or more often they are created & instilled in us by others. Typically as means of creating a sense of guilt within us to compel us to act.
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10:20 AM on 12/06/2012
Oh my, the head of Knights of St. Rand has come to grace us with his presence!
Philosophically speaking, that is ONE valid point of view but not the only valid point of view. (in case you dont know, valid merely means that if the premises are true than the conclusion is true, not that the premises are true)
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11:24 AM on 12/06/2012
You do not pay taxes or vote to become good citizens, they are obligatory requirements imbued upon citizens.
Taylor Jay
I don't align myself with any political party.
07:40 AM on 12/06/2012
right now it is more important every citizen votes in the next election, as that is how we will receive the government that represents the people based on the proper numbers not 30% of Canadians wishes running 100% of the country.

Being informed on the latest events which is winning is only true if the individual is sourcing there news from the internet as the news right now is pro Harper, he has changed regulation regarding media since 2006, don't believe me do some research, people used to be able to ask the PM questions, Harper has gotten away pretty Scott free from citizens ever speaking there mind to him, Chretien and Martin never got such a free pass. but they didn't change the rules.
Simon Wagstaff
Friday the 13th comes on a Wednesday this month
11:44 AM on 12/06/2012
Equally important is that we get a voting system that is fair and not unfair like first past the post which rewards majorities with less than a majority vote... maybe combine those and vote for those who say they will move away from first past the post...
Angelo Barovier
I came, I saw, I ate the cheese.
07:39 AM on 12/06/2012
Perhaps the opening statement should read: "So, we took a poll which we knew was inaccurate because of the way it was structured. Now we're going to spend the rest of the article discussing these skewed results in fine detail."

I appreciate framing it in the correct context but it does seem like a faulty premise upon which to build an involved article. It kinda comes off as merely an excuse for the final paragraph which, in effect, says: "Hey folks, be good citizens!"
Warren Yuill
Jesus Built My Hot-Rod
07:29 AM on 12/06/2012
As far as I can tell comparing US stats only about 26% of millennials voted in the last election.
And they were all jazzed up about Obama and defeating the republicans.
75% seem to think participating in elections is imporatnt to being a good citizen.
Same as here.
So whats that tell you?
And US politics is way more polarized than ours.
And thus more likely to drive people to the polls.
I don't think we'll see much of these guys for a few years.
A lot of talk not much action.
When things start to click for them in the economy then they'll be a force to be reckoned with.
Nothing like owning property and giving up a hundred grand out of your paycheck to spur a persons interest in politics.
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09:10 AM on 12/06/2012
The poll is also skewed as the people who actually answer these things are the people that are interested in these issues to begin with. This poll is in no way reflective of the population, whatsoever.
Apprenez à vivre ensemble/Learn to live together.
07:27 AM on 12/06/2012
For me, your first duty as a citizen is to vote. If you don't vote, you have no right to complain about who is elected.

Your second duty is to your family, neighbors and community. In otherwords, the people that you live and interact with every day. It starts with respect and helping eachother. If everyone started out that way instead of the "Me first" attitutde, we would be much better off.
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08:22 AM on 12/06/2012
That notion of "if you don't vote you have no right to complain" was created many years ago by our very own Political parties.

It was created as a means of intimidating us into voting even when the choices were not of our choosing or liking.

Whenever you vote, you are not simply voting. Each time you vote you add validity & support to the system. The more people who can be coerced into voting the more validity the system gains.

You should only vote when you have a clear choice that you can support. Voting is one of our most basic Rights, voting is a choice. Like all choices it comes with two options, the Right to vote & the right to not vote. Both are of equal importance & value in a free & Democratic society.

Choose which choice you make wisely!
Apprenez à vivre ensemble/Learn to live together.
08:33 AM on 12/06/2012
Many free and democratic societies have made it illegal not to vote. Australia for one.
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09:15 AM on 12/06/2012
If you don't vote, you are letting others choose for you. Choosing not to vote is choosing not to choose, which means nothing to anybody but yourself. It's self-righteous. You think Alberta cares about the poli sci debate about the value in voting when they continue to send Cons to the House? It's an imperfect, messy system, but we have to have a system in place in order to organize the 33 M people that live in this country.

OF course you could become politically active to create a party or change the platform of a party of your choosing, but hating the system is so much easier.
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British Columbia
08:58 AM on 12/06/2012
In Australians citizens 18 or over must all vote or pay a fine.

The voting at federal elections has been compulsory since 1924 for all citizens on the Commonwealth electoral roll. Anyone who is unable to provide a valid and sufficient reason to the Divisional Returning Officer for failure to vote at a federal election and who does not wish to have the matter dealt with by a Magistrates Court may pay a penalty of $20.00

The no vote in Canada = 9,434,184 in our General Election 2011

We should have this law in Canada, but make the fine $100.00 a head.